Sunday, April 21, 2024

Rural Southeast Missouri Antiques: Cape Girardeau to Dexter

Rural Southeast Missouri Antique & Treasure Trail:  Mississippi River to Dexter, Missouri. 

Fun fact, I lived in Cape Girardeau County (Jackson, Missouri) for ten years when my kiddos were cute and little (they are older and mean now) and we absolutely loved the Downtown Cape Girardeau

Area.  I became quick friends with the Tourism Office
(VisitCape) and did lots of short clips and we were featured in a Cape Girardeau Video when they promoted the new Bike Trail as well as a tourism magazine promoting the riverfront for families.  

That all seems like an eternity ago.  Laurie the owner of Annie Laurie's (although she probably doesn't remember this) was the first shop owner to tell me that my kids were WELCOME in her shop which gave me the opportunity to teach my kids an appreciation for a variety of vintage things. I drug my kids in and out of stores, art shows, fairs and festivals giving them not only letting them have fun but also giving them a taste of culture affordably and close to home. 

Today as I chatted with a newer business owner on Spanish Street, I introduced myself as The Missouri Mom and told them what I do when I visit stores and shops.  They thanked me, although that was not necessary, and I was reminded of the bigger picture and the times that the shops downtown were kind to me.  

Here is my Rural Southeast Missouri Antique & Treasure Trail:  Mississippi River to Dexter, Missouri.   I am now the owner of Old Lutesville Emporium in Marble Hill, you are not required to visit my shop (that's not what this is about), but if you do, please ask for Becky, I would love to meet you and show you around my town. 

Sunday, April 14, 2024


Recently a fellow mom said “you are the most public person I know”… I laughed and thought this person thinks they really know me.    Sorry sister, you know the part of me I allow you to know.  

Fifteen years ago on a paid press trip to a Family Friendly Resort, I learned the true meaning of “privacy”. A man, that I did not know, overheard or sought out enough information about me to convince the young front desk clerk at the (major chain) resort that he was my husband and he wanted to surprise me with beer and roses. After leaving my kids attended to in the water park, I walked into my room to find a man in my shower, a dozen of roses on the counter and case of cheap beer beside the flowers.  I don’t drink beer.  It was an epic fail on all parts. 

I almost gave up my “influencer media role” that very moment and considered hightailing it to the safe grounds of Southeast Missouri, but instead I begin learning the middle ground. 

Social Media Sucks!  Yes I am on every outlet there is, I have more followers on X (formerly Twitter) than our regional paper, and I post so many times it’s annoying, BUT I also learned social media is necessary for business - no matter what business it is.  So until I am ready to retire and sit at home and do nothing, I will be social on the media.  

No One is safe from the intrusions of Social Media.  AND really NO ONE is stable and free from letting sin (jealousy, lust, and bitterness) take them farther than they want to go.  

SO as someone using social media as an information giver (press) or as an information receiver (reader/leaner/fan) you have to be aware of all the dangers and do some precautionary work and know you really don’t know the person on the other end.   That man in my hotel room would never have really wanted to be my husband - I am far too mean.  


  1. You may or may not see all my posts on social media,  I have the ability to change my settings to limit who sees what on every post.   I do that.  It’s my right and my power.  I have extremely close friends and then I have people that are just neighbors or associates.   

  2. At one time you may or may not have known my last name.   Now I don’t really have that need, but yes at one time I wrote and used social media under one of my very best friends last names.  It was a protection thing for my kids - and he happened to be my date to every wedding while I was single, so it worked.  

  3. Your kids do not have to be on social media.  They will not die if they do not have snapchat or TikTok!  Neither will you!  It’s not a necessary thing.

  4. More marriages and friendships have ended over snapchat and Facebook messenger - those messages do not always disappear.  Think before you send.   

  5. That end user is not always your friend or even a safe person.  Often people will ask me questions and I will pick up the phone and call.  Screenshots, text messages, phone numbers, ect can be altered.  Ex. I once had a lady that told me she was shown a message that I had sent about her.  I had never sent a message about her.  When I asked to show me the message, it was an obvious alteration to the contact picture.   Someone was jealous of what we were doing so they tried to destroy it.   I have often wondered how many more times this has happened, how many people hate me for something I didn’t actually do or say.  

  6. I am in control of who I want in my life - even on my business pages.   Guess what?!?! You annoy me. I can BAN your butt and live like a queen doing it.  

  7. I am in control of what I see!  Guess what?!?! I don’t see that many posts on social media.  1. I don’t get on social media that much.  It’s a time sucker.  2.  I unfollow people, places, things that I don’t like or want to see.  It’s amazing. And I can do a 30 day snooze if I just want to temporarily unfollow - I have actually shown people how to snooze me so they didn’t have to see Eclipse Post 900 times a day! 

  8. Social Media is NOT real life.   It just isn’t.   The lady down the street can be the nicest, most wonderful praise Jesus lady you have ever met on Social Media, but in real life she just isn’t and is out to hurt others and operating off bad intentions.  You can’t know this unless you in person know her.  

  9. Social Media Fame is TEMPORARY!  Even those influencers that have hundreds of thousands of followers, in 2012 it was thousands and I was the one with stats, something will knock them out of fame.  A new product, a new dance, a new shop, a new friend, a life change - something will replace them.  Because they are a fad and fame is a fad.  

  10. Take Breaks from Social Media and your phone before you get bad eyes and bad hands.   ONE day a week I put my earbuds in and spend the whole day listening to podcasts (usually God and Family Centered) and I IGNORE the social media world.  It is AMAZING!  I am refueled and feel centered.   Do this!  Do it for your family and friends!  Do it for yourself!   

  11. Read PAPER News!  It still exist and newspapers will still smut your hands!  Last week my husband asked “what are you going to wrap antiques with if the newspapers cease to exist”. Ummm that would be a problem!  BUT why paper???  Because print doesn't change!  Did you know an online post can be altered numerous times without you knowing it?!?!   News Online is not final.  Even though print is not always the most accurate, it can’t be altered, and is often used for sources in the future.  We go all digital we can change history and the future.  

When Yahoo and Microsoft Messenger was created the world forever changed.   There were no more simple days.  We no longer had the pleasure of stepping away or laying our phone off the hook for some private time.  It is like a 24 hour party line that wants to exploit you for good or bad.  

Your privacy is important.  Your down time is necessary.  Your heart is tender and needs you to be aware of what is lurking out there.   Take some time to snooze me and millions of others.  Make a goal to have in person conversations.   When necessary, limit who sees what you post online.   Only those that want to pry into your privacy will be mad at you for demanding your privacy.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Rural Southeast Missouri Antique & Treasure Trail - MEGA LIST

 Rural Southeast Missouri Antique & Treasure Trail 

Created by The Missouri Mom

Discovering Rural Missouri Towns One Stop at a Time.

Marble Hill, Missouri 

First Street Minis: 206 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Old Lutesville Emporium:  205 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Second Time Around: 110 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Marble Hill Trade Company:  160 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Marble Hill Trade Company:  112B First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Bill Peters Hardware: 313 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

EC Reed's Mercantile:  301 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Twin City Pharmacy: 106 North First Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

The Personal Touch:  : 205 St Hwy 34W, Marble Hill, MO  63764

Bollinger County Coop: 200 State Highway 34 W, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Bollinger County Veterinary:  18448 BCR 302, Marble Hill, MO 63764

The Rusted Vault: 107 High Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

J & R Resale: Main Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Sunset Floral & Garden Market: 115 State Highway 51 North, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Serenity House Floral & More: 214 Conrad Ave, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Leopold Country Store 16730 Main St., Leopold, MO

Glen Allen/Grassy 

The Mason Jar at Mesta Meadows: 12005 State Highway 34, Glen Allen, MO  63751

Grassy General Store: 4834 State Hwy 34, Glen Allen, MO 63751

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Annie Laurie’s:  536 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

The Corner Grocery Store: 439 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Annie-Em's at Home:  42 N Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

Atelier:  221 B Independence, Cape Girardeau, MO

Brick Street Gallery: 19 N Spanish St, Cape Girardeau, MO

Spanish Street Mercantile:  26 N Spanish St, Cape Girardeau, MO

Mississippi Mutts:  609 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO

Pastimes Antiques: 45 N Main St, Cape Girardeau, MO

Mollie Paperie:  2121 Broadway Cape Girardeau, MO

Jackson, Missouri 

Heartland Harvest Market & Antiques: 3277 State Highway 72, Jackson, Missouri 63755

The Old Pioneer Market:  2008 West Jackson Blvd, Jackson, MO 63755

High Street Station:  1106 South High Street, Jackson, MO 63755

Teen Challenge Thrift Store: 1985 E Jackson Blvd, Jackson MO 63755

Safe Harbor Thrift Store: 3862 E Jackson Blvd, Jackson, MO

Crump, Missouri 

Ava Craft Center 2.0 SEMO:  134 State Highway U, Burfordville, MO 63739

Knowlan Family Farm:  3243 State Highway 34, Burfordville, MO 63739


Northtown Thrift Store:  154 N Front Street, Greenville, MO 63944

Frankie Mart: 250 E Maple St, Greenville, MO. 63944

Richard’s Supermarket: 110 Main St., Greenville, MO 63944

Soul Threads:  95 State Hwy 143, Patterson, MO  63956

Angie’s Stop n Shop: 106 N Main St, Piedmont, MO 63957

Johnson's Farm and Pet:  13303 State Highway 34 Piedmont, MO 63957

​Piedmont Florist: 227 N Main St, Piedmont, MO, 63957 

Rick's Pawn:  115 N Main, Piedmont, MO, 63957

​The Nature Cottage:  302 Legion Park RD, Piedmont, MO  63957

Marquand/Cherokee Pass

Woodall’s Mercantile: 6525 Highway A Marquand MO

Yellow She Shack Mercantile:  117 N Whitener Marquand MO 63655

Num-Nums Sweet Shop; 103 South Harding Street, Marquand, MO

Green's Flea Market: 8512 Highway 67, Fredericktown, MO


Arab Station:  3725 State Highway 51, Zalma, MO 63787 


The Midway:  260 E Richardson Ave, Puxico, MO 63960


Yoder's Market & Deli: MO-25, Bloomfield, MO 63825

Yoder’s Garden Market:  22864 MO-25, Bloomfield, MO 63825

Stars and Stripes Museum 17377 Stars and Stripes Way, Bloomfield, MO 63825

Country Pickins’ Flea Market - Bloomfield: 801 MO-25, Bloomfield, MO 63825


Trinkets & Treasures: 10 E Stoddard St, Dexter, MO 63841
Old Timers Antique Mall: 16655 N Outer Rd, Dexter, MO 63841
Stoddard County Gospel Mission:  207 N One Mile Rd, Dexter, MO 63841


International Hope Thrift Store:  601 S Walnut St, Bernie, MO


Judts' Treasures: 108 N Kennett St Morley MO

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Happiness is a Choice - No Matter What.

You can be happy no matter what happens in your life if you don’t let others control your attitude.  This is a very deep statement.  How can we live like this?  How do we apply this theory to our life?  

Over the last few months, I have seen a lot of unhappy people lash out on social media, because of what they believe is going on, not what they researched, not what they have facts on, just what they believe is going on from comments and gossip.  

Recently over lunch a friend of mine said “you must have skin as thick as steel for all the things that get thrown at you.”  I pondered on that the rest of the day.  A Bible Study on the book Philippian that I recently completed came to mind. 

In Philippians 1:15-17, Paul shares with us four kinds of people that were impacting his ministry while he was imprisoned in Rome.   There were his friends and “co-workers” that supported and encouraged him in his work.   Others were busy criticizing, competing, or conspiring against his ministry.  

Paul wrote “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.” Philippians 1:15-17

There is nothing that robs your happiness faster than being criticized while working hard or feeling like others are working against us.  Why?  We want approval and to be liked.  It is human nature.  

Paul goes on to say in  Philippians 1:18, “It does not matter! I am happy about it — just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy.”

During the recent tornado, I made a post at the direction of another emergency management organization, regarding clothing donations.   The post was posted, I logged off, and went on about my business.  As I was sitting around a table with some new friends from Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief that were ministering to a woman who was at the brink of having a nervous breakdown, my phone rang, it was the EMD calling to chat with me about the post I made.   

They explained to me that people complained I was not easy to work with.  I was completely caught off guard, I had just finished hugging a sobbing woman, and building a plan to add more showers to a community without water and electricity.  I took the “whipping” and hung up the phone.  Still in shock.  As I stood there for a moment my phone began to ding.  Text message after text message with screenshots of horrible things being said about me.  I was a dictator, a glory whore, someone who controls everything.   It wasn’t me.  Not really.  I probably would have never made the post unless directed, but it was a post that needed to be made. Clothing can be a disaster within a disaster.  I can share more another day on that.  

This post has spiraled numerous times, grown wings and became another post, and brought on additional rumors and gossip about me.   While many of those posting are declaring “they love Jesus.”     

As my friend and I chatted about the critics in our community (hi critics), I thought about Paul’s message in Philippians 1:18, “It does not matter! I am happy about it — just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy.”

I have adopted this motive for my community work over the past few months.   It does not matter what others do, just so the good in my community is shown everywhere as much as possible, and as loud as possible.   

Start fifty new Facebook pages with fifty new groups; maybe 50,000 new people will see something about our community and drive to our town and fall in love with it.   Talk about me on threads and tell people what you think - every time you do, someone new comes into my shop to figure out who I am, and guess what,  I get to show them the love of Jesus.   

Happiness is Choice

I am happy as I choose to be! If others are unhappy with me, that’s their choice. If I don’t have someone’s approval now, I am probably not going to get it. And I am going to be miserable if I try to live for the approval of everybody else or those that simply don’t like me.  

Paul explains in verses 29 and 30 of 1 Philippians why you can be happy no matter what: “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it” (NLT). 

Paul tells us it is a privilege to suffer when you’re doing the right thing because you’re most like Jesus nailing you to a cross and trying to get at you.

I can be happy no matter what happens if I look at every problem from God’s viewpoint and never let what other people say or do control my happiness. 

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Mississippi River to the Backroads Antique & Treasure Trail - Downtown Cape Girardeau to Dexter, Missouri

Follow the trail to find unique stops through southeast Missouri. 70 miles of fun and beautiful scenery/ 

Pastimes Antiques: 45 N. Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Annie-Em’s at Home: 42 N. Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Back Porch Antiques and Collectibles: 27 N. Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Premiere Antiques and More: 19 N. Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Spanish Street Mercantile: 26 N. Spanish Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Brick Street Gallery: 19 N. Spanish Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Annie Laurie’s: 536 Broadway Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

River City Coins and Jewelry: 713 Broadway Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Lodging Options in Cape Girardeau:

The Old Pioneer Market: 2370 N High St Jackson MO

Heartland Harvest Market & Antiques: 3277 State Highway 72, Jackson, MO

Knowlan Family Farm: 3243 State Highway 34, Burfordville, MO 

Ava Craft Center 2.0 SEMO: 134 State Highway U, Burfordville, MO 

The Rusted Vault: 107 High Street, Marble Hill, MO 

Sunset Floral & Garden Market: 115 State Highway 51 North, Marble Hill, MO 

Serenity House Floral & More: 214 Conrad Ave, Marble Hill, MO 

Second Time Around: 114 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 

First Street Market: 206 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 

Old Lutesville Emporium: 203 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 

Unique Treasures: 112B First Street, Marble Hill, MO 

Bill Peters Hardware: 313 First Street, Marble Hill, MO 

Lodging Options in Marble Hill:

Leopold Country Store: 201 W Main St, Leopold, MO 

Arab Station: 3725 State Highway 51, Zalma

MK T's: 105-C North Oak, Advance MO 

The Midway: 260 E. Richardson, Puxico

Yoder Garden Shop and Deli: 22864 State Highway 25, Bloomfield, MO 

Stars and Stripes Museum 17377 Stars and Stripes Way, Bloomfield, MO 

Country Pickins’ Flea Market - Bloomfield: 801 MO-25, Bloomfield, MO 

Trinkets & Treasures: 10 E Stoddard St, Dexter, MO 

Old Timers Antique Mall: 16655 N Outer Rd, Dexter, MO 

Sunday, June 11, 2023

The Midway, Puxico, Missouri

 A friend of mine sent me a Facebook post about The Midway and said, “you need to try this place out.”

It had my brain intrigued; I love a good small-town place that hasn’t been blasted by all the news media outlets. 

The Midway in Puxico, Missouri - town population 873, business rating 10 Star -  “I am not in Missouri anymore standards.”  

We were greeted at the front door by who I later learned to be one of the owners, this was by chance, because there was no way he knew who I was, and no way I knew who he was.   He showed us the dining area on the main level, but then suggested the Goat’s Pen upstairs.  Live music, fun seating, and full-service menu!  My friends and I are always out for a fun time!  

The owner, still not knowing who I was, escorted us upstairs.  We chatted about the building and his business!   Stop, Note, if you love tastefully decorated places with a mix of antiques and modern, this is YOUR place!   This building is beautiful and perfectly laid out!  

As we arrived upstairs there were four of us and the only tables left were 2 seaters.  We were willing to squeeze in, but they fixed that, he pushed tables together and made it work for our party of 4.   They had live music play, they had people visiting, and the environment was well done!  

Their menu, add a little hillbilly word to a New York City Menu and that’s it!   Spoon & Spout is what they called the kitchen serving us, they have sections that do special menus, almost like a Wall Drug Store but with restaurants.  

Appetizer: Goat Tags, usually cut potatoes, smothered with all the things that make them good!  This was the perfect appetizer for all four of us to share!  The price?  Comparable to the big chain restaurants that buy in bulk.  Win Win Goat Tags for Dinner!  

Not just Goat Tags, the waitress presented their menu and my jaw dropped.  How in the world do they afford to serve this kind of food in this kind of building for this kind of price!   You will NOT go bankrupt eating there!  I mean you could, but not likely!   

I chose their advertised Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Tenderloin - the tenderloin is stuffed, then topped with a balsamic glaze. It is served with Gouda mashed potatoes and a side salad.  Okay the Gouda mashed potatoes are not served, they are presented!  Like for kings and queens, carefully placed on your plate in a beautiful design.  The flavor of all was absolutely “I am not in Missouri anymore standards.”  Ding Ding, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin for dinner! 

Trey decided to try the Pork Ribeye - the pork ribeye is topped with an apple cider reduction glaze and a pineapple, with a side is a warm potato salad.  I snuck a taste!  Again, “I am not in Missouri anymore standards.”   I see people driving from Texas to eat this food!  It is that good! 

Dessert?  The Custard Coop is their opening soon frozen custard shop, but until then they have dessert handled.   I ordered a warm blackberry cobbler, it was as good as Grandma made it.  I ordered a chocolate peanut butter parfait thing for Trey (yes, I decided for him) and it was amazing!  The best I have ever had!  The presentation was beautiful as well!  Again, “I am not in Missouri anymore standards.”

After dinner we took a peek around their gift shop and the downstairs dining room.  I may have also taken a seat on their vintage furniture after all, I am an antique expert, sorta.  

I do highly recommend taking a trip to The Midway.  Make it a weekend trip to Southeast Missouri.  

Close by to The Midway: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Duck Creek Conservation Area, Yoder’s Garden’s Shop, Lake Wappapello State Park, or follow the Rural Southeast Missouri Treasure Trails.  

Disclosure:  I was not paid or compensated for my review.   When I arrived at The Midway, they did not know who I was.  It was not until after I left and I posted about The Midway that my identity was known.  I prefer to eat and visit places that do not know me; that way I get authentic service and see how they really treat people.  

More Photos from our visit to The Midway Available Here:

Saturday, June 10, 2023

What will it cost? Actions of hate, bitterness, destruction?

 If you are serious about getting a focused life, you need to ask three questions: 1) What will it cost? 2) What am I willing to give? 3) Is it worth it?

 The greatest use of your life is to invest it in something that will outlast it. Jesus said, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36 NIV) Don't begin working toward your goals until you've counted the cost. 

This was my Bible Study this morning, but fit my life and the trials that I have been thrown. 

There is a lot of cost to the actions people take and words they say.   Your temporary emotion of anger, hate, bitterness, jealousy, envy, or lust can sink a ship that you believe is unsinkable. 

Written words do not go away.  We have screenshots these days!  

Currently there is a woman on social media that refers to me as “the mayor’s wife” as if I am nameless and unknown to her.

That woman is my eldest sister.  She is very angry with me because over the past few years I did not allow her opinions or beliefs dictate my life, my family, and sometimes my community.  I stood firm for what is right and good. 

After outburst of anger and her partnering with lies, I blocked her from seeing my Facebook.  The one time she did text me to tell me what to do in regards to caring for my Dad - I refused to answer her.  I didn’t need instructions and could talk directly to my Dad about his needs. My Dad is the expert at being my Dad and what he needs.  

My sister is blinded by anger.  She has wrote torrid tales about the “Mayor’s Wife” and how the “Mayor’s Wife” has done things.  Yet, she don’t really know what I have done or said other than the screenshots from people who feed her anger. 

While I mostly ignore her rants and dictation of what she believes is right; I feel sorry for her. 

This is not a new concept, read the book of Genesis and how many families and friends were torn apart and how far people would go out of anger. 

 Cain murdered his brother Abel over jealousy. (Genesis 4:1–18)

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, they were jealous. (Genesis 37:18-36)

I am not concerned about being murdered or being sold into slavery; God’s will be done.  

My concern is what if I am the only match for a kidney transplant for her? And my family is left to make the decision?  

Would their hearts forgive her for the awful things she posted and screenshot and ranted?  Would they forgive her for the fact that we no longer have family dinners with my parents and it has become a great competition over who takes my Dad to the doctor - because one can’t let the other shine brighter?  Although I typically sit out on the competition, it’s just too exhausting.  

Would they forgive her for the turmoil in my community that she added to? 

While I have no doubts they have good hearts; I also know that to find current peace she is blocked by them on every outlet of social media and they refuse to read her text message.  So if the call comes it may never be received.  

This is sad for me.  

Even sadder is, my sister (and many others) are highly intelligent people that could do so much more good than bad, but instead they spent their last 3 days looking for bad, spreading bad, and being furious about what they thought happened - but really didn’t.  

They could have spent the last 3 days getting real answers (like I did and have the facts in my email) and bring truth and peace to our community.  

I don’t blame my sister, while she is the one did the act; there is a greater power working behind the scenes.  A power who wants destruction and no one to have peace.  That power is Satan.  

I pray my sister and others find focus and see the cost of their actions.  I pray that they see spreading hate, fueling fires, and living for destruction is not healthy or good - it will in the end destroy them.  

Rural Southeast Missouri Antiques: Cape Girardeau to Dexter

Rural Southeast Missouri Antique & Treasure Trail:  Mississippi River to Dexter, Missouri.  Fun fact, I lived in Cape Girardeau County (...